1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 195269
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 08/25/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful.  Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning.  We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success.  And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them in Washington state and across the country.  Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning.  This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation.  At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.

Context and Position Purpose:
Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Content Specialist. Reporting to the Senior Director of Workforce and Resource Development, the Content Specialist will be a key member of the resource development team and will be independently responsible for collaborating to conceptualize, develop, and disseminate professional development materials and courses in the areas of early care and education with a focus on infant/toddler and preschool teaching practices. The Content Specialist serves as a key link between Cultivate Learning and partner agency, the Office of Head Starts National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL).

At Cultivate Learning, we are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators.  We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism, so each community member can reach their full potential.  We build environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly, support each other, and value the contributions of all identities.  We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the resources we develop.

We are currently hiring 1 fulltime Content Specialist with content knowledge and professional development experience in the following areas:
Evidence-based practices in early care and education, with a focus on infant/toddler and preschool teaching practices that support equitable learning opportunities and environments for all children.

Anti-bias/anti-racist practices in education.
High quality teacher-child interactions and environments.
Early learning leadership practices
Familiarity with Head Start Performance Standards, Multicultural Principles, home visiting practices.
Collaboration and participation in cross-agency projects and workgroups.
Facilitating content-focused workgroups or listening sessions


Content Development

Develop, write, and edit content for professional development materials delivered in synchronous, asynchronous, print, digital and virtual training formats.
Translate evidence-based research materials into culturally relevant and sustaining professional development material for college-level students, teachers, early care and education providers, and other users.
Research existing evidence from multiple sources to identify appropriate practices to be highlighted by Cultivate Learning.
Actively participate in a review and evaluation process, including peer review, to ensure creation of quality content.
Collaborate across the center with the media, graphic design, and instructional design teams, and other cross-center units.
Coordinate with the Communications Specialist on marketing plans as needed.
Other duties as assigned.


At the direction of NCECDTL, conduct periodic regional trainings.
Conduct culturally relevant and sustaining trainings.

Project Management

For individual projects, manage project launch, development, details and logistics, juggle priorities, and communicate regularly with project stakeholders.
Collaborate across multiple teams within Cultivate Learning and NCECDTL to coordinate and ensure delivery of content and training activities.
Communicate with project lead or supervisor about project successes and challenges to keep projects moving forward.
Adopt use of project management software and tracking programs used by NCECDTL.


Bachelors degree in education or related field AND at least 3-5 years of experience working or consulting in education environments.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Experience with Head Start, Head Start grantees, or Head Start National Center TA system. Equivalent early learning experience will be considered.
Commitment to equity in early learning and professional development for early care and education providers.
A commitment to working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and ability to acknowledge biases.
Experience in writing, developing, and editing professional development materials for early childhood teachers and informational materials for parents.
Experience with in-person and virtual trainings conducted and facilitated to meet the needs of the audience.
Experience in coordinating the content scope and sequence professional development materials.
Ability to communicate complex teaching ideas in multiple formats written, spoken, and digital media formats.
Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team.
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Strong written and oral communications skills with team members and project stakeholders presented via written, spoken, and remote technologies.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner.
Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, Google suite, project management software systems, and the Internet. 
Familiarity with video/web conferencing technology such as Zoom or Skype for Business.
Ability to travel semi-frequently across the country for in-person trainings.


Masters degree or Ph.D. in education, early learning, human development
Coaching experience on effective teaching practices.
Deep familiarity with multiple early learning assessment tools and/or certified and reliable on CLASS, ERS, or Q-CIT measures.
Biliterate in Spanish or Somali.
Willingness to translate professional development material for Spanish and Somali speaking providers.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


Posted: 2021-08-26 Expires: 2021-12-02

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